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Presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon is visited at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in August 1960 by Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Lyndon Johnson, Senator John Kennedy’s running mate, and Senator Everett Dirksen. Nixon spent two weeks at Walter Reed recovering from a bacterial staph infection.

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Ceremony marks closing of Walter Reed hospital

Maj. Walter Reed’s sword was symbolically handed over to the Navy at a ceremony Wednesday marking the closure of the Army hospital bearing his name, where hundreds of thousands of the nation’s war wounded have been treated for more than a century.

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